Manchester United are 16 points off first and eight behind Arsenal in fourth ahead of the midweek Premier League fixtures. Jose Mourinho’s side are already out of the title race and a defeat here would surelt end their hopes of a top-four finish before Christmas.
Arsenal will be high on confidence after crushing Tottenham 4-2 in Unai Emery’s first north London derby. The Gunners are unbeaten in all competitions since August and Emery has done a fantastic job since replacing Arsene Wenger in the summer.
Arsenal haven’t won a Premier League match at Old Trafford since September 2006 but have a golden chance to change that here. United are in disarray and Mourinho’s time at the club appears to be coming to an end.
Manchester United- Manchester United are in terrible shape ahead of Wednesday’s welcome of Arsenal, particularly in defence. Jose Mourinho was forced to play Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay at the back against Southampton at the weekend after being left with just one fully fit centre-back.
Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling both missed out at the weekend through injury and Mourinho will be desperate to recover at least one of them here, particularly as Phil Jones could now also be sidelined. Today’s games Latest Odds
Marcos Rojo made the bench against Southampton but only returned to training at the end of last week and has not featured for United at all this season. Mourinho may have no choice but to risk him in midweek. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Arsenal”
Tottenham threw away a 2-1 lead to lose the North London Derby 4-2 on Sunday and Mauricio Pochettino will be demanding a return to winning ways after they slipped below Arsenal in the table. They couldn’t have been handed a more affordable opponent either in Southampton, who they have beaten in five of their last six home meetings with.
Southampton raced into a two-goal lead against Manchester United on Saturday, but capitulated to draw 2-2. The result, coupled with Cardiff’s win over Wolves, saw them drop into the relegation zone and having failed to win their last five away matches, losing four, few are giving them a chance of coming away from Wembley with a positive result.
Indeed, Tottenham should bounce back with a win here.
Tottenham- Jan Vertonghen is suspended after his sending off in the 4-2 loss to Arsenal, with Toby Alderweireld set to come in.
Kieran Trippier has recovered from injury and may start in place of Serge Aurier, but Erik Lamela is sidelined with a thigh problem that forced him to miss the North London Derby. Live Bet on NaijaBet.com
Victor Wanyama, Vincent Janssen, Mousa Dembele and Davinson Sanchez are all ruled out, while Danny Rose, Harry Winks and Lucas Moura could all start should Mauricio Pochettino look to shuffle his pack. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Tottenham vs Southampton”
Burnley are winless in their last seven matches (D2, L5). Turf Moor was once a fortress for the Clarets but they have only won one Premier League home match all season.
Liverpool could be five points behind Manchester City by the time they play on Wednesday. They kept pace over the weekend with a 1-0 win over Everton but the performance was not overly impressive.
Liverpool should certainly beat Burnley but there will be added pressure if City win on Tuesday. Recent encounters between the two sides have produced hard fought, close matches.
Burnley– Robbie Brady suffered an ankle injury late on against Crystal Palace on Saturday and is a doubt here. Steven Defour is also rated a huge doubt and may have to miss out. Bet Now
James Tarkowski was fit enough to make the bench against Palace and Sean Dyche may use the England international from the start here.
Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes will push for starts if Dyche opts to freshen things up ahead of Wednesday’s welcome of Liverpool. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool”
After their 100% start to the season, the wheels look to have really come off for Watford, who now have just two wins to their name from their last 10. Things don’t get any easier for the Hornets here either as they welcome a Manchester City side unbeaten since September to Vicarage Road.
What’s more, City has won their last eight meetings with Watford, and have scored 11 goals in their last two visits to Vicarage Road. Watford may have been solid at the back under Gracia, but few will give them a fighting chance of keeping City out.
Indeed, this should be a routine win for the visitors.
Watford- Etienne Capoue is suspended after his red card in the 2-0 loss at Leicester on Saturday, with Nathaniel Chalobah in line to deputise for the Frenchman.
Adalberto Penaranda and Tom Cleverley are both sidelined due to a lack of fitness, while Daryl Janmaat is a doubt. Bet Now
Javi Gracia could make a couple of changes to the side that lost at the weekend, with Troy Deeney, Christian Kabasele and Adam Masina among those who could come in. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Watford vs Manchester City”
A 3-0 win over Vorskla on Thursday night saw Arenal extend their unbeaten run to 18 matches, though they have won only three of their last seven. The Gunners are also unbeaten in their last six home meetings with Tottenham, winning three.
Spurs, though, come into this off the back of a solid 1-0 win over Inter in midweek and have won their last five away league matches. If they play as they did in the 3-1 win over Chelsea last week, they should be confident of landing all three points.
Indeed, while Arsenal are in the midst of a lengthy unbeaten, Spurs could come away with all three points.
Arsenal- Alexandre Lacazette is a doubt for the home side and will be hope to be fit enough to make the matchday squad, but will be assessed.
Laurent Koscielny is short on match fitness, so is unlikely to start here, while Konstantinos Mavropanos, Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal are all sidelined. Place bet on Live matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Unai Emery may continue with the three-man defensive setup we saw in the 2-1 win over Bournemouth. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Arsenal vs Tottenham”
Southampton are winless in their last nine Premier League matches and Mark Hughes is running out of time to save his job.
Manchester United have been pretty poor themselves this season. Jose Mourinho’s side could be as low as ninth by the time this game starts.
United may only have lost one of their last six but they have performed poorly in that time.
United have only won by more than a one-goal margin on two occasions this season and both were in September. It’s getting desperate at the club.
There has only been one goal scored in the last three meetings between the two sides. Do not expect a thriller.
Southampton- Ryan Bertrand missed last weekend’s Premier League match due to suspension and is now a doubt with a back injury that has prevented him from training this week. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Southampton vs Manchester United”
Tottenham bounced back from their 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Manchester City with back-to-back wins over Wolves and Crystal Palace. On home turf, though, Spurs have struggled, with two wins and two defeats at Wembley this season, those losses coming at the hands of top-six rivals Liverpool and City.
No less, they sit just one point behind Chelsea, who are one of three unbeaten teams in the Premier League this season. The Blues have won three of the last five competitive meetings between these two, including a 2-1 win in this game last term, and have earned 13 of 15 available points on the road thus far.
Two teams in good form meet for this London derby, in what could be a entertaining meeting. The duo, though, could cancel themselves out with a draw on the cards.
Tottenham- Kieran Trippier is a doubt having been forced off in the first half of the 1-0 win at Crystal Palace before the international break, with Serge Aurier in line to start. Place Bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Despite returning to full training, Jan Vertonghen is not expected to start this weekend with one eye on next week’s clash with Inter in the Champions League. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview : Tottenham vs Chelsea”
The international break came at a good time for Manchester United after losing the Manchester derby 3-1, which ended a run of three straight away matches in all competitions. This is their first match at Old Trafford in almost a month.
The break also came at a good time for Crystal Palace, who are winless in seven matches (D1, L6). Although, Roy Hodgson now has fresh injury concerns to contend with ahead of their trip to Old Trafford, where they have failed to score in their last five attempts.
United have never lost a Premier League match against Palace home or away and you have to go back to 1991 to find their last league defeat to the Eagles. Neither side are in great form but anything less than three points would be a huge disappointment for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Manchester United- Luke Shaw serves a one-match ban for Manchester United after picking up his fifth booking of the Premier League season before the international break. Latest weekend games are available on Site
With Ashley Young expected to start at left-back, Antonio Valencia could make his first appearance for United in almost two months. Alternatively, summer signing Diogo Dalot is available again and could make his league debut at right-back. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Manchester United vs Crystal Palace”
Manchester City starts the weekend top of the league but they could be as low as third by the time the derby starts. Pep Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in the league this season and have kept a clean sheet in six of their last seven in the competition.
City have only conceded four league goals all season and three were by defenders and the other was a Danny Ings penalty.
Manchester United have conceded the first goal in each of their last three away matches but have avoided defeat in all three games (W2, D1) after producing a remarkable comeback against Juventus in midweek, winning 2-1. Jose Mourinho’s side are also the only side to beat City at the Etihad in the Premier League in the last 37 games there.
Despite showing signs of revival in recent weeks, it would be a huge surprise if United even managed a draw on Sunday. City are producing jaw-dropping football on a weekly basis and should prove too much for Mourinho’s men. There will certainly be no way back for United if they continue to start games poorly. City are too ruthless for that and will certainly punish any mistakes. Various betting options are available on site for this weekend games
Manchester City- Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy were given the night off in Wednesday’s 6-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk. The latter will certainly start here, while Kompany, who has a great derby record, will also hope to feature. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Manchester United”
This promises to be a hugely entertaining encounter and Arsenal’s list of potential absentees – all defensive players – will leave Liverpool’s strikeforce in confident mood.
The Gunners haven’t found goals hard to come by themselves, of course, and will fancy their chances of ruining their visitors’ impressive defensive record.
The last five meetings between these sides have seen 27 goals scored and that trend doesn’t look send to end this weekend.
Arsenal- Arsenal has an injury crisis on their hands in the full-back positions, with Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac all facing a race against time to recover for the visit of Liverpool.
Granit Xhaka may be forced to continue to deputise at left-back but his unfamiliarity with the role was exposed at Palace at times, while Stephan Lichtsteiner is an option if Bellerin is fit to start on the right. Place bet on various LIVE bet events on NaijaBet
Aaron Ramsey is all but certain to leave the club when his contract expires next summer but may be called upon to start as Matteo Guendouzi was sent off in the cup in midweek and is suspended. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Liverpool”
Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions (W5,D1). The Cherries are only two points off fourth and will leapfrog Tottenham and Arsenal with three points here.
Manchester United have shown signs of life in their last few Premier League matches. Jose Mourinho’s side has only lost one of their last seven in the league.
United have won their last two matches away to Bournemouth but the Cherries are in fantastic shape heading into Saturday’s encounter. Eddie Howe’s side have a real opportunity to cause an upset this weekend.
Bournemouth- Joshua King has missed Bournemouth’s last two matches through injury and will be keen to turn out against his former club on Saturday. His availability will decide what formation they play against Manchester United. Start forecasting your weekend games on NaijaBet
Eddie Howe made changes for Tuesday’s EFL Cup triumph over Norwich and will revert back to his usual starting XI on Saturday, with Ryan Fraser and David Brooks on the wings and Callum Wilson up front.
Manchester United- Jose Mourinho dropped Romelu Lukaku to the bench against former club Everton last weekend and the out-of-form striker came on and missed a sitter. Continue reading “Match Preview: Bournemouth vs Manchester United”
Tottenham’s hopes of progressing to the next round of the Champions League hang in the balance after they were held to a 2-2 draw with PSV in midweek. In the Premier League, they have won seven of nine games and are enjoying their best ever start to a top-flight campaign.
Manchester City top the table having too won seven of nine league matches so far, but are one of three teams yet to lose. Confidence will be high for Pep Guardiola’s side after their comfortable 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.
Like with Spurs, the fixtures are starting to pile up for City, but with an extra day’s rest, they should capitalise with a repeat of last season’s 3-1 win at Wembley on the cards.
Tottenham- Jan Vertonghen is our until December with a hamstring issue, while Vincent Janssen is a long-term absentee for the home side.
Dele Alli and Danny Rose are closing in on a return to fitness, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll feature here.
Mauricio Pochettino could rotate as Spurs gear up to play two games in the space of three days, however, will likely save his fringe players for the Carabao Cup meeting with West Ham in midweek. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Tottenham vs Manchester City”
Jurgen Klopp will hope Liverpool have rediscovered their best form after beating FK Crvena Zvezda 4-0 on Wednesday night in the Champions League.
Liverpool are unbeaten in the league this season and have a good chance to take the outright lead in the Premier League with Manchester City playing away to Tottenham on Monday night.
Cardiff climbed out of the bottom three last weekend after picking up their first win of the season, a hugely impressive 4-2 victory over Fulham.
This is the first meeting between the two teams since March 2014 when Liverpool ran out 6-3 winners, featuring a Luis Suarez hat-trick. Liverpool has not conceded a home league goal this season and that is unlikely to change here. Start forecasting your weekend games Now
Liverpool- Jordan Henderson will miss out once again for Liverpool, while Naby Keita remains a doubt after missing Wednesday’s Champions League action.
Fabinho excelled in their absence on his first big game and looks primed to cement a place in midfield on Saturday. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Liverpool vs Cardiff”
Arsenal has won nine games in a row in all competitions. It’s difficult to gauge how good Unai Emery’s side are playing, as they haven’t been tested against high-level opposition during that time.
Leicester have won three of their last four in all competitions but Claude Puel’s job is reportedly uncertain.
Leicester beat Arsenal the last time the two sides faced off, ending a 13-game winless streak against the Gunners.
However, the Foxes have lost their last seven matches away to Arsenal. You have to go back to 1973 to find the last time Leicester won away to Arsenal.
Arsenal- Sokratis was forced off at half-time in Greece’s 2-0 defeat to Finland on Monday and is a huge doubt for the Gunners here. Petr Cech will also require assessment closer to kick-off. Bet Now
Danny Welbeck is back in training after pulling out of England’s squad during the international break. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Leicester City”
Manchester City starts the weekend top of the league on goal difference but they could be second by the time their match starts, with Chelsea hosting Manchester United in Saturday’s early kick-off. Pep Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in the Premier League this season and have kept four clean sheets in a row.
After a terrible start to the season, Burnley are unbeaten in their last three Premier League matches and are now five points clear of the bottom three. The Clarets haven’t won away to City since 1963 and it’s unlikely they will record a historic win on Saturday.
Manchester City- Claudio Bravo and Eliaquim Mangala are both sidelined for the reigning Premier League champions, while Fabian Delph and Ilkay Gündogan are doubts. Danilo picked up an injury for Brazil on Tuesday and is unlikely to be fit enough to feature here.
Kevin De Bruyne used the international break to step up his returns from injury but the Belgium international is unlikely to be rushed back by Pep Guardiola here. Place bet on LIVE matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Burnley- Robbie Brady and Steven Defour both got 90 minutes under their belt in a friendly against AFC Fylde during the international break, as they close in on a return to first-team action. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Manchester City vs Burnley”
Chelsea will move clear of Manchester City and Liverpool as outright Premier League leaders by avoiding defeat on Saturday, albeit that may only be the case for a number of hours.
Manchester United are seven points back and cannot really afford to lose any more ground on their top four rivals. Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge under huge pressure.
United have not won a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge since 2012 and it’s unlikely to change here, particularly given their injury woes in midfield.
Mourinho’s side did well to battle from 2-0 down at home to Newcastle to win 3-2 before the international break. Will that proves the turning point in their season or did it just paper over the cracks? Various Weekend Games Betting Options are available on NaijaBet
Chelsea- Antonio Rudiger withdrew from Germany’s squad during the international break and is a doubt for Chelsea on Saturday. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Manchester United”
Liverpool suffered their second defeat in three matches in midweek, going down 1-0 to Napoli. They didn’t even manage a shot on target in Naples. Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in the league but their performances have not been good over the last three matches.
Manchester City starts the weekend above Liverpool on goal difference but have a poor record at Anfield, last winning there in the Premier League in 2003. They have conceded seven goals in their last two visits, including last season’s Champions League mauling.
Guardiola has suffered more defeats against Klopp than any manager in his career (8) but the Liverpool boss will need a big response from his players after a really flat midweek performance.
Liverpool- Naby Keita has been cleared of any serious injury after being forced off in the first half of Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Napoli on Wednesday with severe back pain. It would be a surprise if he started here. Naija and Bet
Liverpool’s performances have dipped considerably in recent weeks, which will be a concern for Jurgen Klopp ahead of Sunday’s mouthwatering clash with reigning champions Manchester City. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Manchester City”
Manchester United are winless in four matches and their supporters booed the team off after a 0-0 draw with Valencia on Tuesday night. There are suggestions Jose Mourinho will be sacked if they lose to Newcastle on Saturday.
Things aren’t going well for Newcastle, either. Rafa Benitez was also booed following a 2-0 defeat to Leicester last weekend and the Magpies are still looking for their first win all season. They have lost six of eight matches in all competitions.
Newcastle won at Old Trafford in 2013 but lost 4-1 on their last visit. Do not expect a similar result in favour of United this time around, as Mourinho appears to have lost a large section of the dressing room. The crisis will deepen if they fail to win on Saturday evening. Bet Now
Manchester United- Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard are all expected to miss out for Manchester United, while Ashley Young is a doubt.
Jose Mourinho’s side are winless in four matches and struggling for the right balance in attack and defence. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Manchester United vs Newcastle United”
Chelsea knocked Liverpool out of the Carabao Cup with a 2-1 win at Anfield on Wednesday night and they’ll hope to repeat that victory in Saturday’s evening kick-off at Stamford Bridge.
Their 100% record ended at West Ham last week and a return to winning ways against Liverpool would send out a strong statement of intent.
The Reds were understrength against Chelsea in midweek, yet a host of regular starters are expected to return to the first team fold, including former Chelsea man Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Georginio Wijnaldum, Alisson and Joe Gomez, to name five.
Liverpool has won two of the last three league meetings between these two at Stamford Bridge and the table toppers will hope to capitalise on any centre-back uncertainty in the hosts’ camp. Start forecasting your weekend games now
This is a tough game to call and while Chelsea will have been buoyed by their Carabao Cup win on Wednesday, with the two teams reverting to their stronger XIs, we could see a draw here.
Chelsea- Marco van Ginkel is ruled out for Chelsea, while Maurizio Sarri is sweating on the fitness of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen for the welcome of Liverpool. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Liverpool”
Liverpool secured a 3-2 win over PSG in midweek to get their Champions League campaign up and running. Jurgen Klopp will have been unhappy in the manner with which they threw away a two-goal lead, but they are unbeaten in their last four home league meetings with Southampton.
Saints, too, threw away a two-goal lead earlier this week as they were held 2-2 by Brighton. They won their last away league game, coming away 2-0 victors at Crystal Palace, yet will be up against it against a rampant Liverpool side.
Liverpool has looked a little shaky at the back of late but should extend their unbeaten home run and maintain their 100% start to the season here. Latest weekend game odds, Bet now on NaijaBet
Liverpool- Dejan Lovren has returned to training, but he is unlikely to start for Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp unlikely to make wholesale changes, despite their Carabao Cup meeting with Chelsea next week.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Adam Lallana are ruled out with knee and groin problems, respectively. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Southampton”
Watford are one of only three sides with a 100 per cent record in the Premier League this season. The Hornets have incredibly won their opening four matches.
Manchester United have won two and lost two of their opening four and languish down in mid-table. It’s been a difficult start to the season for Jose Mourinho and it shows no sign of relenting here.
United have struggled at Vicrage Road of late. They have conceded on each of their last five visits and have shipped five goals in their last two. Did the international break come at the wrong time for Watford or can they inflict more misery on Mourinho’s side?
Watford- Tom Cleverley, Gerard Deulofeu and Miguel Britos are the only injury concerns for Watford this weekend.
Javi Gracia is not expected to make any changes from the side that started their 2-1 win over Tottenham before the international break.
Manchester United- Diogo Dalot insists he is ready to make his Manchester United derby but will likely be saved for their EFL Cup match with Derby later this month.
Marcus Rashford starts a three-match suspension this weekend after a straight red card against Burnley before the international break. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Watford vs Manchester United”
Chelsea have won their first four Premier League games while Cardiff have two points from four games and are only a point above the bottom three and Cardiff have lost 4-1 on their last two trips to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea- Cesc Fabregas is still on the mend, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is reportedly sidelined for a few weeks with a foot injury. Few changes are expected from the home side.
Cardiff- Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Aron Gunnarsson are sidelined, while Josh Murphy remains a doubt.
Kenneth Zohore will hope to return to the starting XI at the expense of Bobby Reid.
Danny Ward scored on his first start of the season and will hope to be rewarded with another go from the off here. Place on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet
Chelsea have been drawing at half-time and winning at full time in their last 3 matches (Premier League). Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Cardiff”
Tottenham’s 100% start to the season came to an abrupt end before the international break as they fell to a 2-1 loss at Watford. They won this fixture 4-1 last season, but this won’t be a mere walk in the park for the north London side.
Along with Watford and Chelsea, Liverpool have won four of four and top the Premier League coming into their trip to Wembley. Since their 4-1 loss to Spurs at Wembley last term, the Reds have conceded just 23 goals in 33 league matches, fewer than any other top-flight side over that same period.
This is a tough one to call, but promises to be an exciting match between two of the Premier League’s most entertaining teams. Various betting options are available on site, Bet now
Tottenham- Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is set to call Eric Dier back into the squad after starting the 2-1 loss to Watford on the bench.
Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli miss out through injury, with Michel Vorm and Mousa Dembele set to start in goal and midfield, respectively, while Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela will be assessed before Saturday’s lunchtime kick off.
Juan Foyth and Vincent Janssen are both ruled out for the hosts, but Son Heung-Min has returned from international duty. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Tottenham vs Liverpool”
Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw with Wolves last weekend and will look to return to winning ways when they host Newcastle. They’ve won five of their last six home meetings with Newcastle, scoring 22 goals in that run.
Newcastle have made a disappointing start to the season, picking up just one point so far, and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.
Against a City side hellbent on returning to winning ways after a week off from competitive action, they could face a long 90 minutes at the Etihad Stadium.
Indeed, the hosts should make light work of Newcastle here. NaijaBet
Manchester City- Pep Guardiola is without Danilo, Eliaquim Mangala, Kevin De Bruyne and Claudio Bravo for the welcome of Newcastle.
The City boss could name a similar looking XI to the one that started the 6-1 win over Huddersfield, which would see Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus lead the attack. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Newcastle United”
Chelsea have won their first three league games and beat Newcastle last weekend with 81% possession. They were turned over 3-0 the last time they played Bournemouth at home and will be out for revenge on Saturday.
Bournemouth have made an impressive start to the season, unbeaten through four matches in all competitions. They even came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Everton last weekend.
This should be an entertaining game between two sides that try and play appealing football. Chelsea haven’t had it all their own way against the Cherries in the past and should expect another tough encounter.
Chelsea- Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has no reason to make any changes from the side that beat Newcastle last weekend.
Eden Hazard started his first game of the season and will remain in the XI.
Bournemouth- Diego Rico and Jefferson Lerma both made their Bournemouth debuts in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over MK Dons in the EFL Cup. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Bournemouth”